York City Knights wait on Chris Thorman's fitness

Chris Thorman
Thorman kicked the winning goal in the win at Dewsbury

York City Knights half-back Chris Thorman could make a return from injury against Halifax at the Huntington Stadium on Thursday.

Assistant coach Thorman has been ruled out since breaking his thumb in the win at Dewsbury in June.

Coach Dave Woods told BBC Radio York: "Chris did the session so he has a big chance of playing but we'll check on him to see how he pulls up."

The Knights have two games left to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Meanwhile centre James Ford has been ruled out of the game with the quad injury he picked up in training two weeks ago.

"James Ford is no good. He's out now. He went for a jog at training and it just wasn't 100% so he ruled himself out and said he'd rather wait another couple of weeks and be right for the last game than try and play and have to pull out half way through."

Forward Jack Stearman comes into the squad and Woods said he has a chance of making the final 17.

"He carries the ball well. We've just got to decide what we want to do with him, whether we do play him or not," he said.

"We know they're very quick around the rucks, Halifax, and the last thing we want to do is have Jack caught on the floor with the quick play the ball so we'll make a call on that.

"He's certainly in contention and there's every chance that he may play."